Presidential candidate Kanye west defended Virgil Abloh, of plagiarizing once again.
Walter Van Beirendonck, famed Belgian designer and member of the Antwerp six (collective that transformed the city into an avant-garde fashion destination), accused Abloh of copying his work for his latest Louis Vuitton men’s collection, presented live in Shanghai on Aug. 6.
“Virgil can do whatever he wants,” Kanye wrote. “Do you know how hard it’s been for us to be recognized?” he continued.
Van Beirendonck, head of the fashion department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, posted an image of one of his own designs, a shirt with the words “I HATE FASHION COPYCATS” on the front. The next day, posted an image on Instagram of a look from the Louis Vuitton men’s show next to another of his designs, from a 2016 collection. Both looks feature men’s suits in primary colors with a figurine sewed to the front of the jacket.
“Copying is nothing new. It’s part of fashion. But not like this. Not on that level, with their budgets, their teams, their possibilities,” Van Beirendonck said, referring to Louis Vuitton, which is the world’s top luxury brand, valued at $32 billion in 2019. “That’s what is shocking to me.”
“It’s very clear that Virgil Abloh is not a designer,” Mr. Van Beirendonck continued. “He has no language of his own, no vision. He can’t create something of his own season after season and that is painful.”
Abloh has been tied to copying accusations in the past by the likes of Raf Simmons and diet Prada pointing the likening to Paul McCobb’s work. Mr. Abloh has told The New York Times that he believes his talent lies not in the creation of wholly unique designs, but rather in making something new by altering existing objects by as little as 3 percent.
Hi @WBeirendonck Virgil can do whatever he wants Do you know how hard it’s been for us to be recognized? Coming from Chicago?— ye (@kanyewest) August 12, 2020
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